This was really fun. First time building a computer, used this site to research parts, and then slowly gathered the parts over a series of months. Once the final part came in, waited till I had a free couple of days and put her together. I've always pined over building a powerful computer, but never had the time to do it/ learn how to do it. Turns out it's not that hard! Really surprised how easy it came together.
The aim for was to create a powerful, silent daily driver: mainly for gaming, and for editing photos. After a few tweaks, I'm pretty happy with the result! Will be looking into a modest CPU overclock when I've got another bout of time.
Prices all in AUD!
Things I learned:
(1) Scythe Kotetsu provides additional washers to raise the heatsink a bit higher because of complaints that it was damaging the 1151 socket chips. But thermals take a BIG hit. My 6600k was idling at 40°C. Removed the washers and it fell to a nice 23-25°C.
(2) Don't put a PWM fan into the CPT_Opt header on the MB. Can't control it via the MB.
(3) Read the MB manual. The amount of times I freaked out because I was using the WRONG SCREW was priceless.
(4) Building a computer isn't hard!
Special comments about the parts:
(1) Why two SSDs?
I was intending to do a Hackintosh and Windows dual boot. But now just waiting for the drivers to catch up with the Pascal generation. The way things are going, I might be waiting a looong time.
(2) Phanteks fans?
Because of this review